"Stop that!" Toby said while he typed away at his computer.

"Sorry. Didn't realize I was tapping this pencil."

"Why don't you go sit on the couch."

"I thought I was supposed to help you. I'm not doing anything but sitting here."

"No, I'm supposed to baby-sit you. The only way the President could make me go along with this, was to suggest you help with a speech. There is a difference, cause I really don't need your help."

"You don't have to baby-sit me. I know why dad did this. It's cause of something I said to mom. Well, I was just messing with her. So you see, you really don't have to baby-sit me. You should just let me go."

"I would let you go, but I can't. Here, you want to help, read this to me." Toby turned his computer where Roni could see it.

After silently reading the computer screen for a minute, she looked up at Toby, "I can't even pronounce any of these words. What, is there a requirement that all the words have to be at least twenty characters?"

"Fine, I'll read it to you. Tell me how it sounds." When Toby finished, he looked up at Roni, who was struggling to keep her eyes open. "Roni!"

"Huh!? What?!" Roni's eyes shot open.

"Did you hear any of what I just read to you?"

"I think I vaguely remember something about 'Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen.' But that's just about it."

"So basically, you just made me waste ten, twenty minutes reading this to you?"

"Yeah, basically. Hey, can I go yet? I really do have things to do, you know." Roni said out of desperation.

"No, you can't. Not until I am told by the President that you are aloud to leave. Why don't you go sit on the couch and look at these notes Sam gave me earlier." Toby handed a yellow legal pad to Roni.

"Why? You don't need me to do this for you, and I know you don't want me to. Just let me go."

"If you ask that one more time, I'm gonna...I'm gonna..."

"What Toby? You're gonna what? Let me go?" Roni asked with a little hope in her voice.

"No. I'm gonna read this speech to you again."

"Fine, I'll go over here, I'll read this stuff. I probably won't understand any of it. Nor will I care about this stuff, but I'll read it. Once I'm done though, I'm gonna go."

"Just go, read. And be quiet, I need to concentrate."


After having been to the residence part of the White House, Brad had been unsuccessful in finding Roni. So, he decided to look for her among the many halls of the building. He knew she liked to go walking all around, and he even began to know which halls were her favorites to visit. The first stop would be to see Mrs. Landingham, cause he knew she often goes to visit her father.

"Hello Mrs. Landingham, is Roni in there?" Brad said pointing towards the open door.

"No dear, she's not." Mrs. Landingham said, as Jed approached heard the voices and deiced to go in the reception area.

"Well hello there, Bradley."

"Hello Mr. President. How are you today?"

"I'm good, I'm good. Thanks for asking. Son, why don't you come into my office. I'm kind of bored right now, and have been looking for someone to hara... talk with." Jed smiled.

"Yes, sir." Brad reluctantly moved towards the Oval Office. "It was nice talking with you Mrs. Landingham."

Before Mrs. Landingham could even reply, Jed had Brad in his office, with the door shut. "Sit down, relax." Brad did as he was told. Well, he sat, but he wasn't too relaxed. He never was when he was around the President. "So you know Roni's birthday is in two days, right?"

"Yes, sir."

"Okay. So what are your intentions for my daughter on her birthday?"


"What do you have planned?"

"Well...I thought maybe I'd take her out to dinner. If that's alright with you and the First Lady."

"I suppose that would be okay. And what did you get her?"

"It isn't so much what I got her, but what I'm going to give her, sir."

Jed jerked his head to this news. "What do you mean?"

"I drew something, and she admired it. So I was planning on giving it to her."



Surprises - 5


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